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September 5, 1999
Columnist Kenneth Khachigian would have us believe that the best thing to do with the surplus generated during the Clinton years is to give the money "back" to the people who earned it (Aug. 29). Khachigian revealed the hidden intent of Republicans in proposing a tax cut when he cited the 300 millionaires at Broadcom as people deserving of a break. That's Republican "logic." Let's not worry about education, health care, the Reagan debt or anything else as long as there is a needy millionaire out there with a tin (gold?
January 16, 2003
Re "A Tax Cut Rooted in the Bush Pedigree," by Kevin Phillips, Opinion, Jan. 12: Why is anyone surprised that President Bush is proposing even more tax breaks that primarily benefit himself? Virtually everything he has done has been for that effect. From trying to drill for oil in the Alaskan wilderness, to his first tax cut for the very wealthy, to sabotaging the historic Kyoto accord, to trying to control more Middle East oil by starting a war, the only common thread is that it all builds his personal wealth.
June 14, 1992
The Los Angeles Times (May 31) printed two letters pertaining to homelessness in La Jolla. One ranted at the "insecure and mean-spirited" La Jollans while the other raved that "the hearts of city leaders and residents has made La Jolla ugly." What inane nonsense! La Jolla's problem with the homeless is a new one, coinciding perfectly with the opening of a homeless center in the midst of our community. This center, prompted by politically correct activists, is assuring its "success" by offering free food as an attractant to transients and panhandlers which formerly frequented other areas.
September 20, 2011
Symbol of courage Re "Valor in the 'kill zone,' " Sept. 16 How proud all Marines must be to see one of their own awarded the nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor, in a ceremony at the White House — lest we forget our troops defending our freedom 24/7 in places far from home. As the father of an active-duty Marine, I am particularly awed by the actions of Dakota Meyer, and I thank God every day that there are still those among us who answer to a much higher calling.
April 25, 1995
In the Simi Valley debate over school closings, some parents have complained that the district will be closing at least one school while it plans to build a new school in Wood Ranch. I live in Wood Ranch, and my house backs up to the site where the school will go. I do not support the district's haste in deciding to close a school without thoroughly looking at other alternatives first. But I hope that parents of the schools threatened by this action will not fall into the trap of neighborhood against neighborhodd and class warfare.
October 11, 2011 | By Kim Geiger and Maeve Reston
Mitt Romney appeared to be softening to the Occupy Wall Street protests on Monday, taking a more sympathetic tone as he remarked on the movement, which he had called “dangerous” just a week before.  “I look at what's happening on Wall Street and my view is, boy, I understand how those people feel,” he said at a town hall event in Hopkinton, N.H. “Because with median income down 10% ... with chronic unemployment, long-term unemployment worse...
January 12, 2003 | JOHN BALZAR
Careful about all this "class warfare" talk. A little goes a long way and won't get us far. One cause for real alarm about the president's 10-year tax cut, deficit-increase package: the division it's tearing open in society. Some of the truly ugly episodes in America's political history are rooted in the demagoguery that sends one group rampaging against another. As Jefferson and a long string of other leaders both good and bad have observed, revolutions are sometimes necessary.
February 2, 2002
As Neal Gabler's "Class Dismissed" (Opinion, Jan. 27) suggests, class warfare was over and done with in the U.S. years ago and, through distortion, distraction and misdirection, the wealthy won the war. Wealth accumulates in the hands of a few, while most struggle to pay off their debts. The irony is that the primary function of our national and local governments, as they stand today, is the protection and production of wealth. From the U.S. military to the local fire department, our tax dollars are spent to protect corporate interests and the interests of those who least need protection.
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